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Duration
13 days
Date
28 Oct – 9 Nov 2015
Price pp
£5,695
£4,945 excl. flight
Single supp.
£495
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  • Visit Japan's UNESCO sites including Shirakawago, famous for it's Gassho-zukuri farmhouses
  • Expert led by Timon Screech, specialising in the art & culture of Japan
  • Explore modern Tokyo & traditional Kyoto

A country steeped in ancient history and tradition, Japan’s geographic isolation from mainland Asia allowed an indisputably unique culture to develop over the centuries.  The elegance, grace and beauty of this society is showcased in its ancient temples, castles, exquisitely manicured gardens and art collections.  This tour aims to introduce you to Japan – both traditional and modern, from the bright neon lights of Tokyo, to Kyoto, its traditional heart.

Day 1 London/Tokyo Fly to Tokyo via Dubai.

Day 2 Tokyo Full day city tour

Day 3 Tokyo Further exploration visiting both the Edo Museum and the Sensoji Temple.

Day 4 Tokyo, Takayama Depart for Takayama in the heart Japanese Alps.

Day 5 Takayama See this traditional charming alpine city, experience the Miyagawa morning market and visit its float museum.

Day 6 Takayama, Shirakawago, Kanazawa Drive to Kanazawa visiting Shirakawago en route to visit its distinctive gassho-zukkuri A-frame farmhouses.

Day 7 Kanazawa, Hiroshima Visit the exquisite Kenrokeun Gardens before taking the train to Hiroshima.

Day 8 Hiroshima, Kyoto Explore the Itsukushima Shrine and the city’s Peace and Memorial Park and Museum.  Afternoon train to Kyoto.

DAY 9 Kyoto Explore Japan’s former imperial capital, Kyoto. 

DAY 10 Kyoto Further exploration of the city including a traditional dinner with a geisha.

DAY 11 Nara, Kyoto Drive to the former capital Nara, rich in cultural heritage. 

DAY 12 Kyoto , Osaka/London Time at leisure before an evening transfer for your return flight.

DAY 13 Arrive London

Dr Timon Screech

Timon Screech received a BA (Hons.) in Oriental Studies (Japanese) at Oxford, before completing his Ph.D at Harvard in 1991. Currently, a professor of the History of Art in SOAS, Timon is also the author of some ten books on the visual culture of the Edo period. In 2013-14 he conceived and co-chaired Japan400, a group set up to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Japan-British relations.

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